SPLIT (M. Night Shyamalan, 2016)

SPOILER ALERT!! My notes on Split: 1. I wasn’t even surprised that M. Night Shyamalan (arguably the King of Twist Endings) decided to tackle dissociative identity disorder in his latest movie. Having a character with multiple personalities seemed like such a convenient way to mess with his audience’s brains. Except that the lead character Kevin […]

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ILAWOD (Dan Villegas, 2017)

SPOILER ALERT!! My notes on Ilawod: 1. For me, Pinoy horror stories with their local settings, deeply-rooted mythologies, and fascinating folklore would always be much scarier than any Hollywood flick. Whereas Linda Blair and her spinning head made me cackle with glee, I almost peed my pants when Manilyn Reynes was stalked by a horde […]

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PATRIOTS DAY (Peter Berg, 2016)

SPOILER ALERT? My notes on Patriots Day: 1. When Paul Greengrass’ United 93 first came out, I remembered having this lengthy discussion with my friend Trena on whether it was appropriate to create a film based on actual tragedy. Since it came out five years after 9/11, I felt that enough time had passed for […]

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LA LA LAND (Damian Chazelle, 2016)

SPOILER ALERT!! My notes on La La Land: 1. One character in this film probably summed up my entire viewing experience of this oftentimes joyous homage to classic Hollywood musicals: “How are you going to be a revolutionary if you’re such a traditionalist?” Damien Chazelle (who also directed Whiplash, one of the best of 2014) […]

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